2017 Fundraising Goal Exceeded

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created by and for residents and visitors of Boulder Junction. For 2017, we had a fundraising goal of $50,000, and we are extremely pleased to announce that we exceeded that goal by $22,254, for a total of $72,254.

Founded in 2010, our mission is to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations. Grants are available annually to organizations for innovative projects that improve, support, or protect the quality of life for our residents and visitors. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 in the Restricted Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. That would allow us to give back $50,000 to the community each year…forever. The total amount currently in the endowment fund is $270,450.

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Thank you for caring about the future of Boulder Junction. You make Boulder Junction a better place, and we love you for it!

Boulder Junction Community Foundation Thanks Long-Time Director

On November 7 the Boulder Junction Community Foundation thanked Dave Osborn for 6 years of service on the Foundation Board as he ended his final term. Dave came on to the board in 2012, the 2nd year of the Foundation’s existence.

Dave Osborn has frequented the Boulder Junction area with his family since he was a child. Life changing events in 2006 were the springboard for him to make Boulder Junction his home. After 30 years in the fastener manufacturing industry, Dave now follows his passion in his work and owns Little Lakes Canoe Restoration and Guide Service. He specializes in restoring vintage wooden canoes and small boats, as well as guiding fishermen and others for nostalgic back country experiences in restored vintage watercraft. He is a past board member of the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner Wisconsin as well as a past board member of the Gresham Lakes Association.

Dave has been a true asset to the Foundation and the community of Boulder Junction. Thank you, Dave, for your time and energy. We will see you around town!

BJCF Helps Fund NLS 8th Grade Class Trip

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation hosted the 58th Annual Colorama Dinner on Saturday, September 23.  The North Lakeland School 8th Grade Class, along with their parents and advisors, served the family style meal to dinner attendees, a long-time tradition for this event. They did an outstanding job serving food, clearing tables and looking after their customers. In return for their service, the 8th graders earn money toward their annual spring class trip.

In addition to the stipend of $650, which is agreed upon in advance, the students work for tips. This year, they earned $937.77 in tips given by the guests at the dinner, raising a total of $1587.77. This is a wonderful partnership benefiting both organizations. The Foundation has the help needed to serve their annual fundraising dinner and the students are able to realize a large donation towards their annual class trip. In the spring of 2018, they will be traveling to Chicago. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is happy to support the North Lakeland School 8th Grade Class and wishes them every success in reaching their fundraiser goals.

Thank you for your time and energy Grant Herman!

On October 10 the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce and Town of Boulder Junction gathered together to show appreciation for Grant Herman, current President of the Foundation.  Grant has retired from his position as Operations Director at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and will be moving to Washington with his, wife, Gail. For the past 5 years, in addition to working at Camp Manito-wish, Grant has been an active member of our community and multiple organizations. His time and dedication has helped to strengthen organizations, implement new events and foster community spirit. Grant’s last day as President of the Foundation will be November 7. Thank you, Grant, for your time and energy. You will be missed by many!


Pictured left to right: Cathy Schneider, Cherie Sanderson, John Altschwager, Michelle Mauzer, Dennis Reuss, Grant Herman, Theresa Smith, Barbara Johnson, Chris Reuss, Craig Mason, Mary Van Grinsven, Dennis Aukstik, Gary Plouff

Boulder Junction Community Foundation’s Colorama Dinner

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation hosted the 58th Annual Colorama Dinner on Saturday, September 23. The Foundation would like to thank Anne Derber, Grant Herman and the Camp Manito-wish YMCA board for allowing the event to take place in such an historic building in Boulder Junction and for providing help and equipment to make this event possible.  Thanks also goes out to Peeplelures for their generous jewelry Silent Auction for the Foundation’s benefit as well as to Dairymen’s for providing all the very delicious appetizers.  Both business and individual sponsors and donors helped raise over $10,000 for the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Endowment Fund which helps the Foundation continue to give meaningful grants to enhance Boulder Junction for all.

Lastly, the Foundation extends their sincerest appreciation to all the Colorama Dinner volunteers, service organizations and the 8th Grade Class of North Lakeland School for their continued service at the Colorama Dinner. They did a wonderful job serving food, clearing tables and looking after their customers.  In return for their service the kids earn money toward their annual spring class trip. The NLS 8th graders along with their parents and advisors have been a part of the dinner for many years.

BJCF Awards Grant the Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Public Library a $450 grant to purchase Lego sets for the Children’s Summer Reading Program grand prize raffle. Boulder Junction Public Library’s “Build a Better World” summer reading program lays the groundwork for children to become lifelong readers and learners. Special program activities included a session about plastics and pollution with Anne Moser, librarian at Wisconsin’s Water Library at UW-Madison; a presentation about animal habitats and our role in the environment with Licia Johnson, a naturalist from the North Lakeland Discovery Center; hands-on instruction on making the world beautiful and taking care of animals while designing birdhouses with local artist, Molly Hegeman; and learning about building bridges and building relationships with storyteller, Tracy Chipman. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a proud supporter of this annual program.

Heart of Vilas Bicycle Fixtations Placed in Boulder Junction

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation accepted a donation from the Boulder Junction Bike Trail Up-Shift Group which was in turn awarded as a grant to the Town of Boulder Junction in the amount of $4400.00. The grant was used to install two bike repair stations or fixtations located along the Boulder Junction legs of the over 45-mile Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System at the intersections of Hwy H/Hwy K and Hwy M/Hwy N. A fixtation is an outdoor bike stand with several bike tools and a tire pump built into it. These fixtations can accommodate two bicycles at one time.

In addition to the fixtations, the Town of Boulder Junction also installed mile markers along the trail which are colored coded to the various legs. The mile makers not only show how far along the trail riders are but also are a safety feature so if bicyclists have an emergency they are able to call and identity their location. Also new this year are kiosks which showcase a detailed map, area events and safety information.

BJ Chamber of Commerce Receives Grants

The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce two grants on July 12, 2017. Before Music on Main Street began that evening, the Foundation presented the Chamber a grant in the amount of $400 to help support the funding of artists performing at the weekly summer music series. The series expanded from six Wednesday evening performances to eight performances this year. The Chamber also received a grant in the amount of $1500 which helped fund the building of a new stage used for Music on Main Street. The stage which is back dropped by beautiful pine trees is a much-needed addition to this event, providing shelter from the elements for the artists who perform. Individual and business donations as well as grants help to support this event which is now in its 10th season.

BJ Fire Department Receives Grant

A $500 grant was awarded to the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department to allow them to enhance their annual Chicken BBQ dinner with games and entertainment for the entire community to enjoy.